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Stories: Why Doctors Need Them

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In an era of systematic clinical research, medicine still requires the vignette.
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Here is an article about stories from a completely different field -- psychiatry -- with some key insights about storytelling for us all.


These insights are not about how to use stories in therapy (narrative therapy), nor are they about the psychological inner workings of storytelling that make people buy stuff.


Instead, this article by Peter Kramer, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University, points out the value of stories and vignettes as an important counterbalance to the prevailing "narrow, demanding version of evidence-based medicine". He also discusses how far stories should inform medical practice.


Kramer goes on to list the number of reasons why doctors of all types need storytelling in medicine.


The reason I was particularly struck by is that stories can set a research agenda. Whoa -- that's new. He then goes on to give a perfect example of how this can, and has, happened.


Another reason to embrace stories is the risk of moving toward a monoculture of treatment based on narrow data. As Kramer says at the end of the article, "We need storytelling, to set us in the clinical moment, remind us of the variety of human experience and enrich our judgment."  Well said.


What are the implications for businesses? Well, we need stories to counterbalance big data, to help discover and set new research agendas with customers and competitors, and the like.


Go read the article for the other reasons why medicine needs storytelling because each point applies to the business world too.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Jeremy Pollard's curator insight, October 23, 2014 4:52 PM
I love the simple, direct power of a story. Stories 'click' open circuits in our brain that help us hear, and think differently.
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Powerful Feedback Loops: Stories As Pathways To Feeling Included

Powerful Feedback Loops: Stories As Pathways To Feeling Included | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
photo: Threshold Collaborative Alisa del Tufo has been teaching people how to listen deeply for over 20 years. She has founded three organizations and is the recipient of many awards in recognition of her innovations. She is an Ashoka Fellow and the founder and CEO of Threshold Collaborative. This past summer, my [...]
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This is a relatively short article with a powerful message -- stories are phenomenal ways to learn about others, receive feedback, and then be able to take meaningful action based on what you hear.


The setting here is patient stories in healthcare. Yet the principle holds true for any organization. Great points are made about how these storied feedback loops have made huge differences in several organizations.


I think your time will be well spent reading this post -- not only to understand the feedback dynamics available through story sharing, but also in giving you ideas about how and why to apply this activity to your organization.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 



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Electronic records don’t tell us stories that make cognitive sense

Electronic records don’t tell us stories that make cognitive sense | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
After two months of use, we’ve learned to our sorrow that EMRs don’t tell us stories that make cognitive sense.


For years we've suffered from 'death by PowerPoint' as people's thinking and experience was forced into this limited computerized framework for transfering knowledge.


Now physicians are facing a similar problem. That's because we think of knowledge as discrete pieces of information instead of knowing that knowledge is best conveyed through stories and rich media imbedded with layered meanings.


Oh, when will we learn? Patients ARE stories. 


You would think that with all the work going on in storytelling these days (social media, marketing, branding, sales, leadership, agile software development, architecture, education, training, teamwork, and other business applications) someone somewhere would get the idea that Electronic Medical Records (EMR) should allow for story capture.


Oh well. OK, I'll get off my soap box now.


To really understand the beauty and the warts of EMR and its connection to storytelling, read this article. Maybe you'll be the one with the breakthrough idea and be the next mega-millionare for solving this problem!

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Why patient--and customer--stories get ignored

Why patient--and customer--stories get ignored | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
"Why are you here today?" Some variation of this question kicks off almost every doctor's appointment for most of us. In this post, doctors explain to other doctors how patients often construct dee...
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great article this is. Truly healthcare is being transformed these days. But what still lags behind is understanding how patient stories are directly connected to quality of care.


In fact I'll say that the same principles and experiences shared in this article are very similar to the fate of customer stories in business.


So let's re-orient our thinking and really leverage the power of stories in patient care and customer relationships. This post by Carolyn Thomas gives lots of data and insights that will help us all.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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malek's curator insight, August 12, 2014 12:22 PM

Health educators should also be good storytellers:

You're probably aware of the symptoms of a heart attack patient. But what about " it was cold in the night when an obese man came from a restaurant after smoking, drinking and having a heavy meal."  

Randy Bauer's curator insight, August 14, 2014 5:51 PM

The Healing Relationship that exists in healthcare is of mutual importance for the Patient and Provider. If there is not mutual respect for listening and paying attention How can either Participant Benefit.

 

As a Provider I can't begin to understand what the Patient desires from there Physical Therapy encounter unless I truly listen with empathetic ears. 

 

Who am I say what will work best for one patient, will certainly work for the next if there is not full engagement.

 

And if I do engage completely will this not maximize compliance and fuel the healing process?

 

I would strongly recommend Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine, by Saki Santorelli - http://amzn.to/1uytBkV

 

"Within each, the healer and the healed, lies the Wounded and a Powerful Inner Healer. These are the gifts of being born in this world".

 

 

 

 

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Nursing Is Storytelling--Are there words of wisdom here for you too?

Nursing Is Storytelling--Are there words of wisdom here for you too? | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
This guest post is by nurse Amy Dixon, who blogs at Creative RN, where it was originally posted on April 30. She attended a writing workshop last summer offered by the CHMP’s program in Narrative W...
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This is an unusual post -- but it also reflects a side of business storyteling that rarely gets mentioned. It's the nitty-gritty side of hearing people share their stories.


All compelling stories are made up of conflict, strife, struggle, trouble and the like. It's not a story without it.


Yet the author here reminds us that it might not always be about happy endings -- and this can be just as powerful.


If our business stories are only about the successes or triumphs, are we in some ways denying parts of the soul that inform our humanity? I certainly have personal stories that don't have happy endings, yet they are still powerful for the lessons I learned that I share with others.


Hmmm -- this is a thought provoking article about storytelling. What do you get from it?


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